One of the first things I did whenever I rented my first apartment in Louisville was hang a sign over the front door that reads, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Then I prayed and dedicated my home to God by asking for His protection, guidance, and joy.
A few years later whenever Brian and I bought our house together I did the same thing. Through prayer we were able to dedicate our home to the Lord. We asked for His protections and His blessings. We asked that He would dwell among us as we sat at the dinner table, folded the laundry, and lived our lives.
I want God to be the foundation of every decision we make. So that is why we decided to pray him into every area of our lives.
Here’s How We Did It
This is seriously so simple that you don’t need my guidance, but here it goes anyway.
We stood by the front door and prayed that we would be a witness for God each time we left our home. We prayed that God would protect us from any evil that my try to enter our home (yes spiritual warfare is real and something that we need protection from). We prayed over our tv and internet that the influences that we find there would be pure. We prayed for peace and joy in our relationship over dinner table. We prayed for God’s guidance over our decisions and for unity in our marriage.
Our prayers weren’t perfect but they are sincere. I honestly didn’t keep a running list of what we were praying for, but spoke from my heart as the words came.
Sometimes as I’m cleaning our home I pray over our home again.
I try to make it a part of our lives because I know that strong family build their foundation on prayer and I want to us to be as strong as possible. Prayer adds a layer of protection around our home. I love our little family so much and I know that we need Jesus so I must continue to pray. Praying over our home guides my prayers.
Why You Should too!
It’s no secret the world is full of influences that can destroy your peace and rob you of your joy. Dedicating your home through prayer sets you up for success because you are starting with God and building your home on the foundation of prayer. It’s like wearing your seat belt whenever you get into the car. Make prayer a habit and whenever life gets tough God will be the first person that you turn to.
What Should I pray for?
You should be praying for anything and everything, but for the sake of dedicating your home to the Lord here are 4 things that I focus on: Protection, Unity, Joy, and Guidance. I pray that God would protect us from dangers, both seen and unseen. I pray that we would be protected from the influences of the world and our own selfish behaviors. I pray for unity. I pray that my relationship with Brian would be strong and that we would be united as one, just like marriage is supposed to be. I pray that our home would be filled with joy. I don’t pray that we would get what we want, but instead for God to bless us with what He wants to give us. Lastly, I pray for guidance. I pray that we would consider God’s will in each and every decision, whether big or small.
Here are a few Bible verses to get you started if you aren’t quite sure where to begin.
We believe that scripture is powerful as it is the living and Jesus’ very word so I like to incorporate it into my prayers whenever possible.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Romans 12:16
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Psalm 118:24
Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4-5
Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8
Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
What To Do Next?
Decide on a good time to sit down with your family and dedicate your home to God through prayer. Feel free to print this list of Bible verses if it will help you! Pray over your front door, and any other areas of the home where you spend a lot of time. I hope that this blesses your family as much as it has mine.
Have you prayed over your home and dedicated it to the Lord? If believe that it would help build unity, joy, protection, and guidance in your home then I hope you do this soon. Let me know how it goes!